LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The increase in tip wage isn’t thrilling everyone in New York State. According to David DiPietro, State Assemblyman for East Aurora, the increase is going to hurt already financially stressed small family owned restaurants.
The wage increase, which will take place in 2016, with jump from $5 and hour to $7.50 an hour. According to a press release from Assemblyman DiPietro, the amount of the wage increase is actually going to cost jobs and not help the economy.
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“I am very disappointed in the Labor Department’s decision to raise the wage of tipped workers 50 percent, stated Assemblyman Dipietro. “Such an immediate shock to family-owned restaurants and similar establishments will assuredly cost people their jobs. As New York continues to drown in burdensome red tape and an outdated tax structure, we cannot afford to make this state even more unfriendly to the small-business owner. ”
Assemblyman DiPietro, who is a a small-business owner and the Ranking Minority Member on the Small Business Committee, cited a lack of comprehension by Governor Cuomo and his administration.
“A gradual, phased-in approach as requested by the Restaurant Association would have been the only appropriate way to raise this wage. The state did not consult our small business associations; again, showing the arrogance of the Cuomo Administration and state agencies,” said Assemblyman DiPietro. “Albany cannot continue the legacy of enacting arbitrary reforms without hearing from the proper organizations.”